Anthony Bourdain tours Houston's diverse culinary scene in 'Parts Unknown'

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HOUSTON – CNN’s Emmy-winning show host, bestselling author and world-renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain, broke down all stereotypes of Texas Sunday night when he visited Houston in his show “Parts Unknown.”

Houston has been rated as one of the most diverse cities in Texas, but that reputation also follows with false stereotypes within the South.

“Intolerant, prejudiced, close-minded,” Bourdain said in one preview clip.

“I’m talking about me, not Texas. Because Houston, anyway, is completely different than I kind of thought and maybe you kind of thought.”

Bourdain explored “unexpected” diverse cuisines in the Lone Star state such as Tex-Mex, barbecue, Cajun and Congolese. He was even surprised to find Indian and Pakistani immigrant chefs who’ve combined their traditional food.

In one clip, Slim Thug had showed Bourdain the Trill side of the dirty south’s signature candy paint “slab” line of cars, which wowed Bourdain.

Bourdain enjoyed East Texas barbecue at Burns BBQ with Slim Thug. He explained the history of the restaurant and described what syrup means -- a Houston “sip and lean” beverage made of codeine-promethazine cough syrup mixed with Sprite.


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